British drumming magazine Rhythm held a poll last week to find the 20 Greatest Drummers of the Last 25 Years, and the results are in. While this ranked round-up of stick-wielding technicians was not reserved just for metal, featuring Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Travis Barker, Phil Collins and Steven Copeland in the list, we're proud to report that Slipknot's Joey Jordison was the number one fan-selected drummer, with Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy in second place and Porcupine Tree's Gavin Harrison in third!
Of Joey's landslide win with 38,000 votes, the site writes, "Ever since blast beating his way into the drum world back in 1999 as Slipknot unleashed their stunning debut, Joey has cemented himself as the master of metal playing. Lightning fast-yet-supremely-technical, Joey has proven himself equally adept outside of the confines of Slipknot, having worked with Korn, Rob Zombie, Murderdolls and more, as well as stepping in to save the day at the last minute when depping for Lars Ulrich at Download 2004."
As for Portnoy's spot on the list, Rhythm writes, "His work with Dream Theater is jaw-droppingly impressive (as is his workload with the prog masters, churning out pretty much an album a year since their debut in 1989), and his stints with OSI, Transatlantic, Neal Morse, Liquid Tension Experiment and more mean that he’s one of the busiest sticksmen around, as well as one of the most visually engaging an impressive. No wonder he earned more than 29,000 votes in our poll."
Rounding out the trifecta is Gavin Harrison in third, of which Rhythm contends, "Porcupine Tree have attracted a huge fanbase of die-hards with their time-signature defying, fluid rock sound, and drummer Gavin Harrison has been a huge part of that since joining the band back in 2002. Gavin’s prog background stretches right back to 1983 and his time with Renaissance, while he currently juggles drumming duties with Porcupine Tree and King Crimson."
Read the whole Top 20 list right here.